The Cornwall Escape
Me and the boy had our first holiday together (a little more on that experience found here), so for our trip we decided to keep things within the UK and settled on the coastal county of Cornwall. Apart from a few rainy moments it was mostly a sunny affair which meant all the exploring, gazing at all the plants and playing as much Pokemon as possible. A couple of months ago I also wrote about my weekend adventure to Devon which also talked about some of my favourite places which you can also find here. Although neither of us can drive we made it our mission to take a wander around new places for new memories despite the serious lack regular transport, so here are a few of our most loved places that were made that much sweeter by unplugging from the internet (or forced to by the fact there was none). Where are your favourite locations in Cornwall?
On our first day we went out the door and let our feet do the walking with no real aim and after an hour of woodland wandering we eventually came out onto the beautiful beach of Pentewan, with an adjoining teeny close knit town it's the perfect stop off point for an icecream and a sit down. With lots of little alcoves, a big beach this is good for surfers and families alike. It's perfect for an evening paddle and a long walk down by the sea edge.
The Lost Gardens Of Heligan
A little off the beaten track for us as neither of us drive but a great experience for any lover of nature and greenery in general is this place, opened to the public in the early 90s these 200 acres were left to grow over after both First and Second world wars. After a random discovery the gardens were slowly restored to their current beauty today, the grounds are curated into a range of themed gardens such as Kitchen, Italian and Sundial but also has areas like The Jungle, Farm and Greenhouse - all of which are lovely to explore with all their nooks and crannies, including the BBQ and icecream point yum. If you're a fan of plants this is one to explore especially when they're in full bloom, my personal favourite was the Jungle section with it's big, beautiful leaves and rope bridge to happily bounce along. And for any Pokemon lovers this is surprisingly really good with good signal for 3G or 4G, with lots of stops to swipe and gyms to battle. So my gent was as happy as a clam as well as the exploring. The plants are colourful, with great shapes, Heligan even has extra bits like farm animals (hello cute baby chickies) and other activities for any munchkins. Although I would say if you have to use public transport be wary that the buses may not run frequently, from where we stayed the bus we needed came once maybe twice a day. It has to be timed perfectly.
Something I truly adore is the sea and nearly everything to do with it, so a visit to the local harbour is always a must for me. This working port is fairly small and compact but is still glorious in its own right with its seaside trinket shops, fish & chip shops (with a lines so big they went out the door - so I couldn't get my portion ) and quirky businesses. It was relaxing to walk around both sides of the harbour and watch the waves, with a good lighthouse and an abundance in cute, friendly doggo's it was perfect despite the drizzle. The port is quite touristy but it's still quintessentially British with big cobble stones, small roads, friendly folks with fantastic accents, sea gull calls and all the Cornish pies. Another place that adds character is the very small aquarium that is run purely on a charity basis, my love of aquariums are eternal so no matter the size I'll make my contribution. Despite the fact I couldn't get my portion of seaside fish & chips there were smaller, traditional sellers of seafood so you'll be pleased to hear I got my cockles, much to the boyfriend's dismay, who is not a fan.
The Eden Project
I can't lie to you folks and the sole reason we finally settled on Cornwall was this place of escapism, we had both visited with our respective families when we were younger but I wanted to take a trip down memory lane again this time with my favourite guy - whether he was impressed by that fact I have no idea but I think so. Brought to us by the same guy who rediscovered The Lost Gardens Of Heligan (Tim Smit) this feature showcases thousands of plants across several acres which are also separated into several areas, some in specially designed biomes like the Tropical and Mediterranean areas which take a fair amount of time to truly explore. The latest addition to the project is The Core (2005), meant as an means to educate and help younger ones with their educational journey bringing things to light in a way that's artistic and creative. This can take a whole day of exploration and with a big food court, some of the items are even freshly grown from The Eden Project, you'll be sure to find at least one thing for everyone ps. the garlic bread from the Mediterranean is super yummy.
What places do you enjoy in Cornwall?